ROOT Julep

Juleps are the perfect drink to beat the heat. Crushed ice helps give a deep chill and slow dilution over many sips on a hot afternoon. A julep can really be made with any spirit. In this variation, Charlotte uses ROOT, a spirit distilled from organic, indigenous American ingredients, as the base for her julep.


2 oz ROOT

10 to 12 loose mint leaves

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 oz simple syrup


shake ingredients with ice

strain over crushed ice in a julep cup or old fashioned glass

garnish with mint sprig

serve with straws


Patrick Bolster 31 May 2012
7:41 pm

Sounds delicious Charlotte.  I am curious though…with the addition of the lime juice and shaking with the mint, does that make it a ROOT Smash instead of a Julep?

CVoisey 31 May 2012
7:46 pm

Very good - yes you are right! I had not considered that but makes sense.  I knew what I was making was not a purist’s Julep that’s for sure :)
But I wonder if I would have been able to use the beautiful julep cup for a smash.
Seriously though, there are so many hybrids and spins on different classic cocktails out there, I think this one sits somewhere in the middle ...
Thanks for watching

Patrick Bolster 31 May 2012
7:56 pm

A tasty drink is a tasty drink regardless of its name, and I believe you have succeeded in that regard for sure! 

Great post using a great and underused spirit!  I can’t wait for Rhuby to land in Pensacola…


CVoisey 31 May 2012
8:00 pm

Coming soon Patrick, but watch out for the new name ‘Rhubarb Tea’....

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